Medical Assistants

5.6/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $17.88 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 41% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Social Perceptiveness
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Medical Assistants' job openings is expected to rise 15.8% by 2031
'Medical Assistants' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Medical Assistants' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Medical Assistants' was $37,190, or $17.88 hourly
'Medical Assistants' are paid 18.7% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as medical assistants?

As of 2021 there were 727,760 people employed as Medical Assistants within the United States.
This represents around 0.52% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 193 people are employed as Medical Assistants.

Job description

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

SOC Code: 31-9092.00


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Breh says
It's honestly possible, vitals can be done automatically; appointments, patient care/education, and inquiries can be streamlined using automation, making it possible to hire less medical assistants. Although from what I hear, medical practices are slow in adapting new technology.
Sep 06, 2020 at 07:36 AM
Shalin Dutt says
Firstly, medical assistants jobs can not be done by the robots. This involves in medical license and direct patient care. Robots are not designed to draw patients blood, check vital signs, do dressing changes, protect patients from fall and refilling their medication.
Jun 08, 2020 at 03:40 AM
Milania (No chance) says
This occupation requires much more than taking vitals, it requires bedside manner, tact, empathy, patience things a robot can't do with a physician or a patient.
May 25, 2020 at 06:34 PM

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